What I’ve been reading lately, witchy season edition

Just two books on this list. My reading has been slowed down with the turn of seasons – although again, I have actually read more than this. But I felt like these two books, one of which I loved, and one of which I had such a problem with I could not finish it, work … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, witchy season edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, trying to keep up edition

The Margot Affair by by Sanaë Lemoine She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim There are more – even though I have been slowed down – I just can’t think of any right now. I’ve been too busy, but also, despite the fact that I enjoyed all three … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, trying to keep up edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, shedding my skin edition

Writing the Novella by Sharon Oard Warner – if you are looking for a writing craft book, I highly recommend this one, whether you write novellas or not. It’s one of the best craft books I’ve read in the past decade, perhaps longer. I suspect longer- and shorter-form authors will find it super-helpful (as will … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, shedding my skin edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, watching the Euros edition

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley Beeswing by Richard Thompson Finding Freedom by Erin French The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest by Dara Saville Mandy by Julie Edwards (reread) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

What I’ve been reading lately, renewal edition

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri The Hatak Witches by Devon A. Mihesuah A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers SPQR by Mary Beard (reread) The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes Three Simple Lines by Natalie Goldberg Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg (reread) Magician’s … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, renewal edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, plain February edition

Winterkeep, by Kristin Cashore. I had some problems with this one, though I did read it all the way through, not just once but twice. Kristin Cashore is one of “my” writers and so her works get a level of trust from me that many other authors’ don’t. For this reason I found reading Winterkeep … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, plain February edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, returning sun edition

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie “And the Ones Who Walk In” by Sarah Avery, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss I’ve read more than this over the past few weeks, but I’m having … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, returning sun edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, deep dark midwinter edition

Echo on the Bay by Masatsugu Ono, translated by Angus Turvill – this work is one where I’m super-curious about the choices made by the translator (if only I could read Japanese! I’m making progress with German so maybe Japanese is next). Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kästner – see, making progress with German, above. … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, deep dark midwinter edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, transition edition

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yōko Ogawa The Empress of Salt and Fortune, by Nghi Vo The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming, by Sienna Tristen

What I’ve been reading lately, nightmare autumn edition

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DNF) The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald It’s autumn, getting on towards Halloween – usually, my favorite time of year. But this year I am weighed down, and though I am making an effort … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, nightmare autumn edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, 100+ degrees Fahrenheit edition

The Changeling by Victor Lavalle The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker Vita Nostra by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko It is hot. The world continues to be difficult. But there is reading. I was completely blown away by The Changeling … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, 100+ degrees Fahrenheit edition”

What I’ve been reading lately: summertime book-and-ice-tea edition

Not beach reads, but things I’m reading outside with a jar of ice tea at my side… Babylon Berlin (English translation of Der Nasse Fisch, not the TV series) by Volker Kutscher Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately: summertime book-and-ice-tea edition”

What I’ve been reading lately: searching for clarity edition

The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino Monday’s Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson Old Friend from Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine Not much to say, except doing a lot of reading (more than I’m listing here…I’ve been reading some things at the urgings of others and … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately: searching for clarity edition”

What I’ve been reading lately: lockdown edition (preceded by bonus thoughts on ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES)

When I last wrote one of these, I mentioned I was reading Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Specifically, I was reading “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a story I knew from many childhood re-tellings but I don’t think I’d ever read in the original before. I remembered it as a story about the truth, and the importance of … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately: lockdown edition (preceded by bonus thoughts on ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES)”

What I’ve been reading lately: feels like an apocalypse edition

No, not The Plague, at least not yet! Candide by Voltaire Andersen’s Fairy Tales Sailing to Sarantium (an old favorite) by Guy Gavriel Kay Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan (again) And, in the interests of using this time to work on other projects: Dogs: Archaeology Beyond Domestication edited by Brandi Bethke and Amanda Burtt

What I’ve been reading lately, turn of the year edition

This has been a cold, dark couple of weeks for me, but – despite ongoing horrible world news – I am stumbling into 2020 with what feels like cautious optimism. I hope. And the older I get, the more I realize what a gift hope is. Here are some things I have been reading during … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, turn of the year edition”

A clarification, the what I’ve been reading – everything’s crazy edition, and a memory

The clarification This is not a book review blog! The fact is that I am in some ways reluctant to call it a blog at all – it’s just my not-very-organized thoughts, usually but not always about what I am reading – but I don’t really know that there’s any other name for what it … Continue reading “A clarification, the what I’ve been reading – everything’s crazy edition, and a memory”

What I’ve been reading lately, thinking about genre edition

I stumbled across this post by Jo Walton recently – http://www.jowaltonbooks.com/genre-pacing-a-question-from-goodreads/. I thought it was interesting at the time, as genre is something with which I sometimes struggle, but it’s grown more interesting to me in the time since, as I’ve read some books that are certainly admirable in many ways but at the same … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, thinking about genre edition”

What I’ve been reading – it’s spring! edition

It hasn’t all been about the Sirens Reading Challenge! I’ve also been reading: Severance, by Li Ma The Pisces, by Melissa Broder The Nordic Baking Book, by Magnus Nilsson New Art of Cookery: A Spanish Friar’s Kitchen Notebook by Juan Altamiras, by Vicky Hayward The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, by Emily and Melissa … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading – it’s spring! edition”

What I’ve been reading, coping with winter edition

Recently finished: The Bloodprint, by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Sirens Reading Challenge book) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (re-read; Sirens Reading Challenge book) Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead (reread) Jane, Unlimited, by Kristin Cashore (reread) 2 ARCs from ALA midwinter